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30 Jul 2020

Full-Time Executive Director

Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary – Posted by JFed Raleigh, NC

Job Description

The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary seeks a passionate, results-oriented Executive Director (ED) to lead a vibrant, yet largely untapped community.  The Greater Raleigh area and the Jewish community are experiencing enormous and sustained growth.  Raleigh is one of the best places in the country to live as evidenced by high rankings in publications like Forbes, U.S. News, and Money Magazine. The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill “Research Triangle”, also served by a Federation in Durham-Chapel Hill, boasts several major universities, low cost of living, easy access to green space, a major tech hub, and a wide variety of cultural activities including world-class museums, restaurants, music and sports.

The Raleigh area is home to approximately 3,000 engaged (estimated to be around 15,000 total) Jewish households with seven Jewish congregations. The area also has Hadassah, a nationally known, permanent Judaic art collection at the North Carolina Museum of Art, an active young adults group, youth groups, Hillel, and other Jewish institutions. The Federation primarily serves Raleigh and surrounding areas towards Eastern North Carolina.

This full-time position will strategically lead innovation and build a results-oriented culture within the Jewish Federation, including JCC, JCRC, and JFS, while effectively collaborating to strengthen community relationships.  The ideal candidate will: demonstrate a proven track record of fundraising experience, be a persuasive communicator, possess the ability to work effectively with a diverse base of donors and constituents, and be able to connect with and build trusted relationships with all sectors of the community.  This may include younger generations new to the area, retirees moving to the community, as well as individuals already well-established.

The Executive Director collaborates closely with the Federation Board of Trustees (Board), its divisional agencies, local area synagogues, community organizations, and the broader Jewish and general communities to drive the Federation’s mission.  The ED works with the Board to shape a vision for the future and translates the vision into achievable goals, strategies, activities, and deliverables.  The ED will be able to lead and manage innovation and change enabling the Federation to better meet current and future challenges.  Essential in this role is a leader who will build bridges and seek to connect the various communities in this large geographic service area. The ED will promote teamwork and collaboration among Federation staff and volunteers and inspire and engage young and differently affiliated Jews to grow into leadership roles.

Outstanding interpersonal skills, a proven track record of success in financial resource development, strong business acumen and a commitment to Jewish values, community and Israel are critical for success.  This professional leader will oversee the current leadership staff of the JFed, JCC, Kahn community campus, and JFS.  The Executive Director reports to the Federation President and is accountable to the Board and its Executive Committee.

Executive Director Success Factors:

Business Leadership and Management

The Executive Director displays integrity and credibility in all actions. The ED translates vision into goals, strategies, activities and deliverables. The ED communicates clear direction and objectives.  The ED manages human and financial resources and understands the value of process improvement. The ED is a results-oriented professional and a strong manager overseeing the business affairs of the Federation.  The ED understands fiscal policy and budget management and is accountable for the results.  The ED regularly communicates progress towards goal achievements and is transparent in all aspects of Federation functioning.

Inspires Engagement, Involvement and Commitment

The Executive Director will build a collaborative, focused work environment and garner staff and community support for change efforts. The ED acts as a role model to inspire, engage and empower a high performing professional staff and volunteer leaders. The ED is an excellent listener, thinks clearly, analytically, and critically about issues and situations, and understands the implications and the precedents of points of view. The ED is willing to challenge the status quo and confront uncomfortable facts and opinions.

Builds and Maintains Trusted Relationships

The Executive Director must be a highly accomplished relationship builder who can engage those who have not identified with the Federation in the past as well as long-time supporters. The ED is an engaging leader who demonstrates emotional intelligence, demonstrates confidence and a positive approach to successfully positioning and representing the Federation.

Fundraising Skills

The Executive Director leads the strategic planning and execution of the Federations’ development strategy, with respect to both annual operating campaigns and endowment and capital campaigns.  The ED is continually active in building relationships with major donors, engaging and re-engaging donors, particularly those emerging as the next generation of potential community stakeholders and leaders. The successful candidate will have major gift experience and a proven record of soliciting and building relationships with high net worth individuals and stewards and closes gifts of significance.  The ED is entrepreneurial and attuned to donor interests and concerns and works closely and creatively with them to fulfill their philanthropic desires aligning them to the communal priorities. The ED possesses outstanding interpersonal skills and passion for the Federation mission.

Strategic Communication Skills

The Executive Director will clearly communicate a compelling vision for the Jewish community and translate the vision and mission into goals, strategies, activities, and deliverables.  The ED understands and articulates the “big picture” in ways that capture the imagination of a broad community constituency.  The ED inspires engagement, participation and commitment from multiple stakeholders including local congregations.

The Executive Director communicates the value proposition of the Jewish Federation and its agencies and adapts communications to different audiences. The ED effectively uses personal interaction, engagement by phone, paper-based materials, marketing, and social media, to deliver consistent, clear and concise messages internally and externally, to staff, the Board,  community organizations, and the community at large.

Demonstrates Passion and Knowledge of the Jewish World and Israel and Acts in Accordance with Jewish Values

The Executive Director must understand the issues affecting Jewish life locally, nationally and internationally. The ED effectively communicates the complexities of the Israel-Diaspora relationship to the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.


The ideal candidate will be:

  • Enthusiastic about the Federation’s mission and have the ability to inspire others to create a community dedicated to the mission.
  • Successful at working with a lay-led board and sensitive to the volunteer-professional partnership.
  • Knowledgeable about fiduciary responsibilities, financial operations of non-profit organizations, and general legal and governance requirements.
  • An excellent leader and team player who can successfully work with and mentor staff, help set and achieve goals, strategies, activities, and deliverables, and evaluate results according to professional standards.
  • A collaborator with strong community relations skills, who can develop and steward relationships with donors, prospects, congregations, and the greater community served by the Federation.
  • An effective and dynamic fundraiser, with a proven record of success in obtaining major and legacy gifts, who can work with existing donors to maintain and deepen their commitment and can develop a new generation of donors to the Federation.
  • An innovative and creative visionary in developing Jewish programs and services.
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about the Jewish community and the Federation system, with a keen understanding of the Jewish people and the needs and welfare of Jews locally, in Israel, and around the world.
  • A positive Jewish role model, confidently able to articulate communal issues to local government and community bodies.
  • A strategic communicator, who demonstrates outstanding verbal and written communication skills in an innovative and flexible way with various constituencies.
  • Able to effectively oversee the management and maintenance of a complex organization and its facilities, including Jewish Family Services, the Jewish Community Center, David R. Kahn Community Campus, PJ Library, and more.
  • Experienced, with a minimum of 7 years in for-profit or non-profit leadership position(s), with a demonstrated track record of success; a Bachelor’s degree is required, a Master’s degree and previous Federation experience are preferred.

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Job Categories: Non-Profit. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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